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Posted by: Doug K
« on: July 10, 2020, 04:53:36 pm »

Thanks to all who helped send along the message about our next Sponsor for the Oxbow Parks & Trails adoption, the Canal Corp and NYS Parks & Trails heard us.

We have the new Sponsor forms approved, the Gavelis Family, led by Eric & Ever, will be the Sponsors for the Trail from 2020 though 2022.

It looks like this will be the next signs posted on the Trail

Posted by: Doug K
« on: July 09, 2020, 12:06:12 pm »

I would challenge ANYONE that thinks or says that the 2018 version of the Oxbow is better than the 2020.

It's not a matter of opinion... it's supported with pictures that have 1000 words each.

Here's the Oxbow Trail in 2018... the list of words starts with TICKS, then gets worse.

Here's the Oxbow now in 2020. And the first word is Beautiful, followed by safe, scenic, shady, and parklike...

If you want to keep the Oxbow Park & Trail like this, support the Gavelis Family as our next Sponsor.

Posted by: Doug K
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:05:02 am »

After 2 years of working to turn an overgrown jungle of tick infested ragweed & 100 years of trash, into a serene walking trail and park along the Erie Canal's Oxbow Lake, it's time for younger folks to take over this New York Parks & Trails adoption. The ECNA has contacted the Canal Corporation, along with NYS Parks & Trails, and requested a transfer of sponsorship for the park to one of our most ardent supporters and Trail Volunteers, and his family.

A big thanks goes out to Mr. Caswell who volunteered to do what NO ONE in Fairport or Perinton was willing to do...stand up to those who thought a "wild" trail was best. Mike took on the challenge, gathers volunteers and started the efforts to take over this area where the last group (boy scouts) had stopped working due to "neighborhood" pressure from a mis-guided environmental argument.

Everyone loves the new look, the safety, and the fact that people visiting the Trail & Park can now access the water and have a picnic without becoming "tick bait".

An even bigger thanks goes out to Erie Gavelis and his son Ever, for stepping in to take over and keep this dream alive. Eric fully understands that it's more important to watch over the safety of humans using the Oxbow Park than to give in and allow "nature" to take over this beautiful spot and make it less "human friendly" and more a haven for ticks & trash. The Gavelis family has frequently joined in to help with trail maintenance over the past two years and will continue to insure that Fairport Residents have a safe, clean park & trail to connect all the local neighborhoods that touch this unique feature on the Erie Canal.